Disaster Preparedness

AAP Children and Disasters – Pediatricians can serve as expert advisors to local, state, and federal agencies and committees and play a key role in disaster and terrorism preparedness with families, children, and their communities.

Preparedness Checklist for Pediatric Offices

Talking to Children about Natural Disasters

NJ Office of Emergency Management

HealthyChildren.org – Safety & Prevention

NJ Foodbank

Helpful phone numbers and websites to share with community members:

  1. FEMA – Hurricane Sandy Disaster Assistance Phone Number 1-800-FEMA (3262) for disaster assistance
    1. Website for those able to access: disasterassistance.gov
    2. Applying for Disaster Assistance FAQ: http://www.fema.gov/apply-assistance
    3. Help after a disaster in multiple languages: http://www.fema.gov/help-after-disaster
  2. Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
  3. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance:
    1. Phone Number: 1-800-659-2955
    2. Website for those able to access: sba.gov/disasters
    3. In need of volunteers? Reach out to the Church of Latter Day Saints in NJ (offered on the call) by contacting   Brad Thatcher (917-304-4937, thatcher@yahoo.com)
  4. Shelter Locator: http://www.redcross.org/find-help/shelter
    1. Phone Number: 1-800-REDCROSS.
    2. For those with mobile devices: Text “Shelter + Your Zip code” to 4332.
  5. Operation Hope-description of free services below:
    1. Phone Number 1-888-388-HOPE (4673)
  6. Disaster SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Information
    1. Website: http://www.fns.usda.gov/disasters/response/D-SNAP_Handbook/guide.htm
    2. D-SNAP Toolkit: http://www.fns.usda.gov/disasters/response/D-SNAP_Handbook/D-SNAP_Guidance_Handbook_Toolkit.pdf
  7. National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster:
    1. http://www.nvoad.org/

Operation Hope

OPERATION HOPE PROVIDES FINANCIAL RECOVERY SERVICES AFTER HURRICANE SANDY

Financial dignity nonprofit Operation HOPE begins financial triage for individuals effected by Hurricane Sandy. Through its disaster preparedness and recovery division, HOPE Coalition America (HCA), Operation HOPE announced today the availability for individuals and small business owners to call 888-388-HOPE (4673) for free information, guidance and assistance for loss associated with storm recovery. The services provided include:

  • Disaster Recovery Budget
  • Mortgage on a Destroyed Home
  • Home Inspections and Repair Contracts
  • Assistance with Working with Your Creditors
  • Referrals to Government and Private Agencies
  • Assistance with Obtaining Copies of Destroyed Documents
  • Insurance Claims Assistance
  • Completing Applications for Grants and Loans